Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, March 4, 1861 – April 15, 1865.
Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, at Sinking Spring Farm, Kentucky, U.S., and died on April 12 1809. He was self-educated and became a lawyer, and then a congressman. In 1849 he returned to his law practice, but reentered politics in 1854.
Lincoln opposed slavery, and soon after becoming president, the Civil War began.
Lincoln led the nation through its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis in the American Civil War. He preserved the Union, abolished slavery and strengthened the federal government.
In 1865, Lincoln was attending a play at the Ford Theater in Washington DC, when he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. He died the next day from his gunshot wounds.
He is will always be remembered for putting an end to slavery in the U.S.A.
Here are some of the most famous and memorable Abraham Lincoln quotes.
What was Abraham Lincoln’s most famous quote?
There are many famous quotes, one of them is: “Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.”
Abraham Lincoln Famous Quotes
“Most folks are about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”
“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”
“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”
“Love is the chain to lock a child to its parent.”
“You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry.”
“Every man’s happiness is his own responsibility.”
“Whatever you are, be a good one.”
“No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.”
“I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.”
“Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature cannot be changed.”
“I don’t like that man, I must get to know him better.”
“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
“The best way to predict your future is to create it.
“My best friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.
“Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.”
“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion
I will prepare and someday my chance will come.
“No man is poor who has a Godly mother.”
“I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.”
“Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.”
Abraham Lincoln Quotes on Life, Leadership, Power and Success
“I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.”
“I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.”
“He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.”
“The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.”
“A farce or comedy is best played; a tragedy is best read at home.”
“I would rather be a little nobody, than to be an evil somebody.”
“A man’s character is like a tree, and his reputation like a shadow; the shadow is what we think of it, the tree is like the real thing.”
“People who like that kind of a book that is the kind of book they will like.
“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other thing.”
“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.”
“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”
“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.”
“I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.”
“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.”
“And in the end, it is not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.”
“Leave nothing for tomorrow, which can be done today.”
“If I am killed, I can die but once; but to live in constant dread of it, is to die over and over again.”
“I am rather inclined to silence, and whether that be wise or not, it is at least more unusual nowadays to find a man who can hold his tongue than to find one who cannot.”
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”
“I happen temporarily to occupy this big White House. I am living witness that any one of your children may look to come here as my father’s child has.”
“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.”
“What is to be, will be, and no prayers of ours can arrest the decree.”
“Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well-wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate the violation by others.”
“I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me.”
“I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.”
“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.”
“I have stepped out upon this platform that I may see you and that you may see me, and in the arrangement, I have the best of the bargain.”
“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
“If we have no friends, we have no pleasure; and if we have them, we are sure to lose them, and be doubly pained by the loss.”
“When I get ready to talk to people, I spend two thirds of the time thinking what they want to hear and one third thinking about what I want to say.”
“Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.”
“That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.”
Abraham Lincoln Quotes on Slavery and Freedom
“In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth.”
“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.”
“This is a world of compensations; and he who would be no slave, must consent to have no slave. Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, cannot long retain it.”
“I leave you, hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your bosoms until there shall no longer be a doubt that all men are created free and equal.”
“If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.”
“The one victory we can ever call complete will be that one which proclaims that there is not one slave or one drunkard on the face of God’s green earth.”
“I have talked with great men, and I do not see how they differ from others.”
“No man is good enough to govern another man, without that other’s consent. I say this is the leading principle-the sheet anchor of American republicanism.”
“Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”
Abraham Lincoln Quotes on God and Religion
“Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality.”
“I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the sky and say there is no God.”
“The United States government must not undertake to run the Churches. When an individual, in the Church or out of it, becomes dangerous to the public interest he must be checked.”
“My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”
Abraham Lincoln Quotes on Democracy and Government
“Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right, a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.”
“The ballot is stronger than the bullet.”
“Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed.”
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will because we destroyed ourselves.”
“I can make a General in five minutes but a good horse is hard to replace.”
“Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.”
Abraham Lincoln Funny Quotes
“There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.”
“Wanting to work is so rare a merit that it should be encouraged.”
“Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.”
“My father taught me to work, but not to love it. I never did like to work, and I don’t deny it. I’d rather read, tell stories, crack jokes, talk, and laugh, anything but work.”
“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt.”
“No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.”
“I have a congenital aversion to failure.”
“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”